30 x 30 cm | 11 x 11 in
Original painting in acrylic on canvas.
"The title comes from something Frank Auerbach said - Robert Frost had said he wanted the poem to be like ice on a stove, riding on its own melting. Frank said this was what a great painting should be like. Its a great visual to carry with you. That's poetry."
Tim Smith's handling of paint is reminiscent of Frank Auerbach - intense, gestural and thickly applied with bold impasto marks and colours. Nature, humanity, textures, patterns and cultural motifs all jostle for space in his work.
A clamorous celebration of all things becomes a simple appreciation of form and colour; the way in which the painterly supersedes the subject evokes also the spirit of Jasper Johns. Smith draws from history, experience, fiction and fantasy to reflect his kaleidoscopic cultural vision.